CONSECRATION OF CHURCH AT SHADELAND
Shadeland, PA - Anticipation for this year’s Diocesan Day on August 8, 2010 at Shadeland was building for months.The Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God Church was finally going to be completed and consecrated. His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN traveled regularly from the time construction began to view the progress and ensure all was going well. The Monastery of the Most Holy Mother of God at Shadeland was moving to a new level of development.
This year the camp season experienced increased enrollment and the camp season was increased by a week. Diocesan Day represents the culmination of the camp season and is a highlight as the campers fill the church for the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. Great Vespers were celebrated on Saturday evening August 7 as a prelude and preparation for the historic day that would follow on August 8, 2010. When Sunday arrived, His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN and His Grace Bishop LONGIN of the Midwest-New Gracanica Diocese officiated at the consecration and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. Twenty-nine priests and six deacons served with the hierarchs.
During the Divine Liturgy, Diocesan Secretary Deacon Dragoslav Kosic was ordained as a Presbyter to the Holy Priesthood. The Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God Church was filled with campers, their families and faithful from throughout the Diocese. Six priests were in attendance in addition to those serving bringing the number of clergy in attendance to a record number. Monastery Marcha was represented as well as parishes throughout the Diocese. Milan Damjanovic directed the choir that was assembled. Campers joined in the singing on this momentous day.
During the afternoon program the campers danced and sang in joy as they demonstrated the learning taking place during the Tambura Week leading up to Diocesan Day. God blessed the Diocese with the newly consecrated church and with beautiful facilities at Shadeland. His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN, the Diocesan clergy, the Diocesan Council, the Eastern Region KSS Federation and the faithful of the Diocese are working with due serious to develop the Most Holy Mother of God Monastery and St. Sava Camp at Shadeland. This Diocesan Day was a day of great wonder and glory given by God and through the intercession of the Mother of God. Thanksgiving and glory were given to God and the Most Holy Mother of God many times during this Diocesan Day which will be remembered for years to come.
V. Rev. Rodney Torbic